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Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle

October 16, 2017:
Captain Morgan said the blackfish action was very good this week despite the warm water temps. Most of the fish were on the smaller side, shallow waters seem to be best—say 10 to 12 feet. There were a few better fish taken in the 6- to 8-pound class as well. The biggest registered so far in the Eddie Beauvais Tourney is 8.22. The best combined weight is 15.84, so far—there's still a long way to go. Sea bass action has been decent for fish to about 4 pounds in the deep water south of Faulkners. Blues gave a few good blitzes along the beaches this week, Madison, the Beacon and Faulkners have also been seeing some good bluefish action.

Previous Reports

  • October 9, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said the blitzes continued this week. Several days saw mixes of bass, blues and albies in tight to the shore—most of the bass were schoolies with some decent blues to about 10 pounds. Night guys were finding some good bass in the 25- to 35-pound class in very shallow water. Bunker were hard to find early in the week but they seemed to be moving back into the tidal rivers by the weekend. Sea bass and porgy fishing has been best in deeper water. Albies have been red hot from Madison to Stratford. Don't forget to sign up for the Eddie Beauvais Memorial Tog Tournament, the deadline to sign up is Friday, 1013 at 6 p.m.

  • October 2, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said the best blitz of the season (so far) took place on Saturday morning in the vicinity of Hammonasset. Bass to 20 pounds, blues well into the teens and a heavy dose of albies crashed the beaches pushing massive schools of peanut bunker with pods of adults mixed-in. There were small craft advisories out so not that many boats were on the water, but those that were along with the guys on the beach had a ball. The action was so furious that albies were taking popping plugs and nearly every cast was taken by something. It was a sight to behold. Sea bassers are doing best fishing deep—say 65 to 85 feet. Any shallower and you're covered up in shorts. Porgy action remains red hot. The tidals are seeing plenty of school stripers and hickory shad. Anyone hunting blue crabs seems to be cashing-in right now. Blackfish opens 1010 and you have until 1013 to register for the Eddie Beauvais Blackfish Tourney; don't miss it!

  • September 25, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said some nice bass moved in tight during Jose's high winds—the shop saw fish to 45 pounds. Some bunker have been in close also, which has been helping the cause. There has been no shortage of bluefish this week either—the fishing has been very good through the storm. Albie reports were very good between Watch Hill and the Thames. Porgies have been big and plentiful. Weakfish were biting well at times this week also. Registration for the Eddie Beauvais Blackfish Tournament have begun, stop by to sign up—it's a great cause with amazing prizes, good times and excellent food. The tourney runs October 14th through the 21st; sign-ups close October 13th.

  • September 18, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said that striped bass are now following more of a fall pattern. He has been seeing many more bass in tight this week, pushing bait and fattening up for the trip south. This action can be found anywhere from Guilford to Harkness to Hammonasset. Bunker schools are more prevalent now also and they have been sticking around a bit longer. Porgy action has been awesome again this week, shore and boat anglers have been cashing in on this great fall fishery. There have been some weakfish coming from the deep waters south of Faulkners this week. Bluefish action seems to be picking up again as these schools of bunker filter in. Albies and bonito reports have been sporadic locally, but reports from the east have been pretty darn good—they should move this way soon.

Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle
21 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
phone: 203-245-8665

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